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Column: Where did the past month go?
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

There I was, Sunday afternoon, on my hands and knees, pulling up handfuls of weeds and millions of little whirly-gig maple tree seeds (and I'm not exaggerating) that had accumulated in my garden over the past couple of weeks. And I was wondering just where the past six weeks have gone.

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See, I think I'm coming out of my busy, busy, busy springtime haze. It started later than usual this year, but the last month was definitely a hazy time for me once again. And I'm really looking forward to settling down for a few weeks.

Don't get me wrong: when I get into these crazy spring weeks, I'm definitely to blame for much of the craziness. No one makes me volunteer and do some of the things I do, and I love the volunteer work. It just seems like everything rolls together at the same time.

It started in mid-May, when my sister and her family came home to Minnesota for a week. They're currently living in Colorado and Vancouver (depending on the time of the year), and I wanted to spend as much time as possible with them. That meant trips to my parents' house in Hastings almost every night for a week.

By that weekend, I was heading to New Prague for the American Legion Auxiliary Third District - Department of Minnesota convention. The next Thursday, I was out to have an upper endoscopy. A few days later, it was Memorial Day.

Once we got past Memorial Day, I turned my attention to our Farmington High School graduation season. Just getting to some of the evening events scheduled during the last week of May and the first week of June, I wound up with a really wacky schedule.

Graduation at Farmington High School was June 7, and the next day I was at a training session for the 2013 Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program at Bethel College. Girls State is a week-long event, and I'd committed to photographing as much of it as I could. Unfortunately, that meant I wasn't going to be around for most of Farmington's Dew Days, which started during the same week. I did. however, get to town in time to enjoy the parade and Kiss the Pig, so that's something, right?

And did I mention my poor new renters, who just wanted to get keys so they could move in this past weekend? Just finding 15 minutes to meet with them last week was more of a challenge than I could have possibly imagined.

Which brings me back to my garden. Actually, my 10 x 16-foot garden, my 4 x 12-foot garden, and my five flower beds, all of which are in desperate need of attention. I start my gardening projects early in the spring, but this year's spring didn't necessarily come early, so my garden maintenance time got pushed into my busy spring schedule.

That's really unfortunate, because now I have a lot of work to do to get things under control again.

But it looks like my schedule is finally slowing down. I can take the dog for longer walks again. I can plant all of the pepper seedlings I started. I can get back to cooking meals instead of hitting the salad bar or drive-thru.

I even found time to buy groceries on Sunday. Amazing.

I'm pretty excited to have life slow down for a while. Albeit, a short while.

In about two weeks I have to start sending out letters to round up volunteers to work at the Minnesota Newspaper Museum during the Minnesota State Fair. I'm the volunteer coordinator for the museum, and I have 120 slots to fill before mid-August.

So you can bet, I'm going to relish my downtime while I can.

My poor garden.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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